Cindy Morgan's ABCs of Elementary
- 2001 12 Jun
In April of this year, Morgan claimed her sixth Dove Award for Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year for Blessed, which also recently became a No. 1 song as performed by fellow Dove-Award winning singer Rachael Lampa. Since her last studio project in 1998, Morgan has written songs with and for fellow Christian music artists Michael W. Smith, BeBe Winans, and Michelle Tumes, with highlights including I Will Be Your Friend from Michael W. Smith's This Is Your Time album, and Hold On sung by Michelle Tumes on the Streams project. In 2000 she returned to the studio to cut two new songs for her Best So Far compilation. Morgan also recently penned her first-ever book entitled Barefoot On Barbed Wire published by Harvest House.
Elementary features 13 new cuts, each written by Morgan. Along with her own production talents garnering Morgan first-time producer credits, Elementary features the efforts of co-producer Brent Bourgeois (who has written or produced for Streams, Michael W. Smith, Rachael Lampa). Bourgeois, a Dove-Award winner and Word Records vice president of A&R, has worked with Morgan on her last three projects, including Listen (1996), The Loving Kind (1998) and the current Elementary.
"She is one of the easiest artists to work with," says Bourgeois. "We have a great deal of mutual respect for one another and that makes the exchanging of ideas effortless. We both agreed that she was overdue for a happy, 'sunny' record."
Themes of sun and light are evident throughout the lyrics on her new project. "Elementary is about healing," explains Morgan. "It's not about only coming into a good place, but leaving a bad place. I'm leaving a part of my life that was really fearful. I've learned that fearfulness tends to make things a little darker, like everything has a cloud over it."
A "new" spirited Cindy evolved in June of 2000 when she and her husband, author Sigmund Brouwer, welcomed their first child into the world. "The joy that Olivia brought into my life has given me a whole new perspective on the way I feel about living and about God," continues Morgan. "The way you love a baby is so overwhelming, complete, and unconditional, that it gives you a better idea of how we're loved by God."
"Cindy's beautiful writing style and vocals have always been powerful," says Word Records senior vice president and general manager Elisa Elder. "Her fans will definitely see a progressive difference to their liking with Elementary."
Marketing efforts for the August release of Elementary will involve extensive nationwide publicity and radio campaigns, including the first single, Good Thing, hitting the airwaves in July. Fans can also anticipate seeing Morgan on tour this coming fall. Finally, Internet promotions will be launched from WordRecords.com in support of the album.
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